Candidates seek local offices

OKEECHOBEE — The 2018 election season is well underway in Okeechobee County. In the race for the County Commission District 2 seat incumbent Byrant Culpepper is challenged by Noel Alton Chandler. Both are Republicans. In the race for the County Commission District 4 seat, incumbent Terry Burroughs is challenged Fred Darrell Brown. Both are Republicans. […]

A/V footage used as probable cause in O’Connor arrest

OKEECHOBEE — A store surveillance system served as physical evidence to attest to victim’s claim against Okeechobee City Councilman. Okeechobee City Councilman, Michael Gerald O’Connor, 77, was arrested at his home on May 24, at 8:17 a.m. by Okeechobee Police Department Detective, James Pickering, on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with tampering with […]

Okeechobee City Councilman arrested

OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee City Councilman was arrested on an Okeechobee County felony warrant Thursday morning for alleged offenses that occurred outside of council meetings. Okeechobee City Councilman, Michael Gerald O’Connor, was arrested May 24 at 8:17 a.m. by Okeechobee Police Department Detective, James Pickering, on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with tampering […]

Biking opportunities about and around Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — In the national news lately, it was discussed that riding a bicycle on the road in Florida is a dangerous thing to do. Florida is number ONE in the list of ten most dangerous states to bicycle in America. That is, statewide, there is a pretty good chance that a cyclist is more […]

Meet the officer: OPD’s Raul Marrero

OKEECHOBEE — Officer Raul Marrero was born as the middle child, having an older and younger brother, in 1968, and grew up in a town located on a beach in Puerto Rico. He has been a resident of Okeechobee for the last 18 years. “I was asked to come to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office […]

Okeechobee City Council hears mid-year budget review

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council discussed the 2017-2018 budget mid-year review as well as possibly appointing a magistrate in lieu of the Code Enforcement Board at the Tuesday, May 15, regular meeting. The council was presented the 2017-2018 mid-year budget review by finance director India Riedel. Overall revenues are higher than last year’s receipts […]

Meet the Officer: Officer John Zeigler

OKEECHOBEE — Officer John “J.P.” Zeigler was born in 1960 in Venice, Fla., however, he grew up in Melbourne. He has been a resident of Okeechobee with his wife, Nancy, since Jan. 10, 1989, when he started his work with Okeechobee Police Department. Officer Zeigler graduated in 1977 from his high school in Melbourne. He […]

Letter to the editor: Make America Great Again?

OKEECHOBEE — Remember the rallying cry of the Republican Party at the last election?  President Donald Trump, then a candidate said it over and over again at fund raisers and political rallies.  “Make America Great Again”. His message was to take the country back, from the liberals and their agenda to make this a welfare […]

OHS Brahmans beat Dwyer, face Martin County in regional baseball semifinal on May 15

OKEECHOBEE – It didn’t take long for Okeechobee High School to take the lead in its regional quarterfinal playoff game against Dwyer on May 8. In the top of the first inning, the Brahmans were already down two outs when OHS senior Sean Osceola stepped to the plate. S. Osceola took one ball and fouled […]

Letter to the Editor

OKEECHOBEE — Community cats? To County Administrator Robbie Chartier, I am writing after reading the article in the Okeechobee News regarding low cost spay/neuter rabies vaccination and ear notch for “community” cats. In that, “community cat” is frequently a synonym for trap/neuter/release free roam cat colonies. My question is, will these “community cats” be considered […]